Applying nail polish correctly isn’t a case of just making sure you stay within the lines. It takes the correct amount of preparation, a steady hand, and plenty of patience. Here is how you can apply your nail polish for a perfect finish.
The first step is to ensure you remove any old nail polish. Use a non-acetone nail polish remover and follow this up by trimming, filing, and smoothing your nails. Doing so before you paint your nails ensures you are happy with the shape of your nails as well as the polish itself. It may also be beneficial to push back your cuticles to make sure you can brush on as much polish onto your nails as possible.
If you’re not as steady with a nail polish brush as you’d like to be, and you wouldn’t mind spending a little less time removing it from your surrounding skin, then applying a light coat of petroleum jelly to the skin around your nail is a good idea. This provides a barrier for your skin, ensuring if you do happen to get a little polish on your skin, it comes off quickly.
Once you’ve carried out your nail preparation, it’s time to apply a base coat. This base coat is essential as it gives your nails strength while allowing your nail polish to last just that little bit longer. Once this has dried, you can now apply your first coat of nail polish.